Thursday, April 3, 2008

End of an Era

ATA Airlines announced this morning that it is shutting down all operations and canceling all current and future flights, according to news reports.

More than 2,200 employees are out of a job. ATA also says it can no longer honor passenger reservations or tickets.

The airline shut down operations as of 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Customers who arrived for flights at Midway International Airport in Chicago were turned away Thursday morning, while employees who showed up for work were told they were no longer needed.

The move comes after the airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in Indianapolis. In a statement posted on its website this morning, the airline said it had become impossible to continue operations after the loss of a key contract for its military charter business.

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